Goin' With the [Work]flow - Pt3

It's been a while since I've talked about trying to build a workable workflow. In my previous entry, Goin' With the [Work]flow - Pt2, I commented that Capture One Pro was just not going to work here. In that post, my chief complaint was speed, or rather, lack thereof. I've since learned that there's no good facility for sharing libraries between computers. That put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm for the product, and so as I mentioned, I've stuck with Lightroom, not that it works significantly better.

One workflow/imaging product I haven't talked about much at all (and I could swear that I had) is On1 Photo 10. I have mentioned their Perfect Effects software a few times when I used it to edit photoes, and I've been using their products since I got my first MacBook. When version 9.5 came out (I think), they added the Browse component, which allowed sifting through images and rating them quickly.

With Browse, there's no "import" process. You simply copy your image files from the camera media to your hard disk or network drive, and navigate there within the Browse interface. When using Browse within the Photo 10 application, it supports a huge number of RAW formats in addition to JPEG, PNG, TIFF, or PSD(!) formats. Images that have been rated in Lightroom appear to retain those ratings in Browse, and images saved as PSD files retain their layers if opened in Photoshop. Keywords from Lightroom do not transfer to Browse, however.

On1 Photo 10.5 Browse module

Within Browse, as mentioned, you can apply star and color ratings, and handle organizational tasks such as creating smart folders and albums, export and resize, rotate and crop, and share to social platforms. Browse also acts as your gateway to other On1 modules such as Enhance, Effects, and Edit. It's also where you can open images in other applications like Photoshop or Nik Efex.

Unfortunately, when Photo 10 first launched, Browse didn't work with some NAS devices, particularly the uber-popular Drobo drives. However, that's fixed in the recently-released version 10.5 which makes working in a shared environment possible. Browse can also access popular cloud storage directories such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Moving files between storage devices is as easy as dragging and dropping.

While On1's current version of the Photo 10 suite supports RAW processing, and seems to do a very good job of it, the programmers there couldn't rest on their laurels, and have decided to up the ante on RAW processors. They've completely re-imagined RAW processing, and in the fall, On1 will release On1 Photo RAW. Again, this will be a completely integrated suite, including pretty much everything On1 has ever done, rolled into one screaming-fast, affordable package.

Here are a few videos you can take a peek at to learn more.

I've been testing the current product off-and-on on my existing computers, and performance has been impressive -- even on the tiny Acer Aspire One netbook. I'm really looking forward to getting the new version when it's available. The new version, however, will want newer versions of OpenGL than my current Acers or Macs support for all features to work correctly, so I'm still going to have to make some changes in my computer situation.